A Little ‘Bling’ & Some Other Things
Trends have always influenced the decisions we make about the products we choose… be it food, fashion, cosmetics, automobiles or home design. Sometimes it is hard to determine if a current trend represents a ‘whim’ verses an idea that has evolved as the result of improved technology – meaning that, though it may start as a ‘trend’ it will also endure as a great idea with ‘staying’ power. When designing a new kitchen or bath it is usually wise to keep ‘whimsical’ trends to materials that are easily changed, should you eventually grow tired of your choice.
My staff and I recently made note of several ‘trends’ we’ve observed while working to create interesting spaces for our clients. Some of these ‘trends’ we believe have ‘staying’ power – the result of a new ‘practicality’ homeowner’s have embraced, while combined with new technology … and a few are simply ‘whims’… which is important as whimsy is what makes a space extra special, putting a smile on your face when you enter the room.
The trend in cabinet design embraces clean, simple lines in closed grained woods such as maple, alder and cherry. White paint remains popular, in our region, as a finish that is compatible with our older housing.
The preferred countertop is one that is durable and easy to maintain. As a result, engineered quartz has replaced granite as the #1 choice for premium tops. Laminate also remains popular due to affordability, but also because of new technology which makes this product aesthetically more attractive.
Hardwood flooring remains the preferred choice in kitchens; however, digitally enhanced, large format porcelain tiles are following in close 2nd, largely due to improved aesthetics and the popularity of in-floor heat.
Kitchen backsplashes are being enhanced with glass & stone pairings, displacing the former trend of glass alone. This combination of texture and sparkle is complementary to both quartz and stone tops, and technology combined with affordability has resulted in almost endless options from which to choose.
Single bowl sinks have always been popular in our kitchen projects, but new shapes and styles have evolved for this most important fixture in the kitchen. Quality stainless steel still reigns as the material of choice.
The look of marble has become a popular request. And though authentic marble can be problematic, new technology in porcelain tile and quartz countertops allows us to provide authentic looking, easy maintenance alternatives to the real thing.
Color trends change annually with ‘shades of grey’ being the trend for 2013. From soft silver paint to bold charcoal stain, these tones work well with other accents, encompassing such a broad spectrum of choice. It is easy to follow the trend while achieving the look you desire.
Lastly, a little ‘bling’ goes a long way towards making your space ‘special’. One should smile when entering a beautiful room. Crystal knobs, glass chandeliers, sparkly tiles & lovely accent colors are all ways to bring a little ‘bling’ into your life… because, after all, a little whimsy in our daily lives makes us happy … and that’s good for everyone!
I am a columnist for Duluth Superior Magazine, a monthly publication dedicated to the finer attributes of life in our Northland. My column appears in the Style section and is titled ‘Living by Design’. The following column was published May 2013.
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